*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog
Most of us love to travel, and in the 21st century it has become easier than ever to plan out a trip. A quick look on Instagram or the forums on tripadvisor is often enough to get our wanderlust going. Where we choose to go on our vacations, whether in the same country or abroad, is so often based upon our interests in life. Planning the vacation of a lifetime is going to probably have some consideration for the things you are passionate about, whether that means cuisine, sports or in this case, music.
You don’t have to be a musician to understand the rich and amazing history music has around the globe. Music cultures have developed separately all over the world from the Jazz clubs of America to the Heavy Metal scene in Scandinavia. Certain locations have become synonymous with the industry.
Liverpool, England – So much of the popular music today can be traced back to one band who changed everything; The Beatles. People flock to their famous home, Liverpool, to see the museums and numerous tributes to the fab four including Strawberry Fields playing field and the Cavern Club. Liverpool’s music scene is still thriving today and there is plenty to see and do for all lovers of rock and roll music.
Memphis, Tennessee – There are few locations where the musical history is so palpable. Beale Street is perhaps the most famous musical street in America, and Memphis is known for gospel, soul and being the birthplace of rock and roll. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all made their name in the city.
New York – New York is an amazing cultural melting pot, and remains so today. Buskers on the subway and city streets can be seen performing everything from classical medleys to hip hop and beatbox jams with a loop pedal and microphone. The city boasts clubs and bars to suit almost every music taste.
Vienna, Austria – Vienna is the undisputed capital of classical music and has been home to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn and so many more influential composers. The beautiful city is littered with parks and venues which proudly show the musical history of this stunning city. If you plan to see a classical performance in your lifetime, be sure to make Vienna top of the bucket list.
London, England – It is little surprise that two English cities make the list. Great Britain is a country that is known for a history of influential music movements, from punk rock to electronica. Whether you visit the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz venue, take a trip to Abbey Road studios or just check out some of the best buskers in the world in London’s underground system, there is something in this city for everyone to fall in love with.
Berlin, Germany – For a glimpse of the future in terms of music, Berlin is a city for music lovers, especially those with a love of technology and electronic genres of music. The clubs in Berlin are known all round the world, and whether you like pounding techno music or think that it is the worst thing imaginable, the technology centered music scene is fascinating.
About the Author: Ben is a musician and blogger from the UK who writes about music production, technology and equipment at subreel.com.